Schuylkill River Trail -- National Take a Hike Day

2949 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Be part of FreeWalkers attempt to hike 1,000 miles on National Take a Hike Day.
A riverside flex walk of 5 to 15 miles with many rail stations along the way so you may travel the distance of your choice.  A scenic fall walk through Fairmount Park and along the Schuylkill River Trail.

Walk back in time along the Schuylkill Valley, from the very youngest portion of the Philadelphia skyline unfolding in Center City West and University City, to the grand parkway and art museum that changed the shape of a city a century ago, to the riversides and neighborhoods along the river whose water-powered industry made Phildelphia the workshop of the world in the 1800's.

Follow the Schuylkill (SKOOL kill) River Trail upstream through the largest landscaped city park in the world and through lively and colorful post-industrial riverside neighborhoods. Walk with FreeWalkers along the west shore of the Schuykill River, a scenic and pedestrian friendly route.

Explore the most eclectic neighborhood in Philadelphia that you may never have heard about.  Manayunk is an old industrial burg replete with repurposed mill buildings, a canal towpath, a giant elevated rail trail that makes Manhattan's High Line look so very cute and charming, and a main street atmosphere brimming with food, art, antiques, murals, culture and a whole lot of adult beverages.

We begin at 30th Street Station, easily reached by rail, bus or auto. This pleasant walk along the parkside banks of the Schuylkill River offers scenic views, nature, post-industrial towns and an historic canal system that is rarely visited. A number of train stations on our route offer a direct line back to 30th Street for those unable to finish.  The hardiest walkers will finish at Conshohocken Station.

We meet at the Porch at 30th St Station, a landscaped area with seating just outside the south side of the station.

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Highlights:
-Philadelphia Art Museum
-Fairmount WaterWorks
-Boathouse Row
-West River Drive (MLK)
-Fairmount Park
-Falls Bridge
-Pencoyd Bridge
-Cynwyd Heritage Trail
-Manayunk Historic District
-Schuylkill River Trail
-Roxborough
-Conshohocken

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